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    03-17-2012, 07:11 PM
Mounting from the ground

I can't do it, I've never been able to do, it's basically just one huge fail whenever I try. I just moved my horse and there's no mounting block here. I didn't know it was possible for a barn to function without a handy dandy mounting block, but once I got over the shock of it, I realized that I would either have to buy my own block or learn to mount from the ground finally. I chose option B because I felt like being challenged that day, I guess.

But here's the problem - I'm only 5 foot and I'm not flexible. My horse isn't that big, but the stirrups are still chest level and there is no way my leg is getting that high. I guess I could drop that stirrup, but then it seems like I would be putting a lot of extra strain on his back.

Any tips on learning to get on from the ground??
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    03-17-2012, 07:27 PM
Take a piece of 1/2" rope, and fashion yourself a sort of emergency ladder that hooks onto the saddlehorn.
Obviously, if you ride in a saddle that has no horn, you might wanna start stretching your body to enable you to get into the saddle.
Or, figure out how to mount up by swinging your leg up and over to climb aboard, as though you were riding bareback.
Or, find a fence rail to use as a booster.
Not sure of your preferred style of riding, but it would seem you've found something to work on to make yourself a better rider.
Flexibility isn't natural, it's worked at constantly.
Conversely, if your stirrups are at chest level, i'm pretty sure you're going to need a helper, be it a step or a buddy.
The rope trick is really neat, plus it's portable, if you're out on the trail. You can tuck it into a saddlebag, or use carabiners to attach it to one of your saddle tie downs.
    03-17-2012, 07:28 PM
Yeah, no horn. It's an english saddle. Bummer, because an emergency ladder sounds pretty handy. And I also can't get on bareback, so that's no help ;)
    03-17-2012, 07:34 PM
Why all the angst? Just buy a mounting block. I've used one for years ever since a bad riding wreck messed up my pelvis, and I can't lift my leg high enough anymore to get in the saddle from the ground.

I've had to dismount on the trail at times, and have always found a convenient log or other object so I can remount.

Seriously, just buy yourself a plastic mounting block.
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    03-17-2012, 07:36 PM
I probably will eventually, I just figured doing it from the ground is a handy skill anyway, especially since we're going to be doing a lot more trails and non-arena work this year where I won't have a block handy
    03-17-2012, 07:41 PM
I,m vertically challenged, older and not a lite weight. I use something to mount with even though I can mount from the ground if I have to. I figure a mounting block of some sort is a whole lot easier on my horses back than me dragging my butt up off the ground.
    03-17-2012, 07:43 PM
Like I said, never been an issue for me in all the years I've been trail riding, because there's always something out there that can give you the needed boost.

Of course, I USED to be able to mount from the ground, but that was several decades and riding wrecks ago! It's a useful skill IF you're physically capable.
    03-17-2012, 07:43 PM
I hate not being able to mount from the ground. It made me anxious when I was out on trails. But i've done a lot of work with my horses and I can mount them using any fence, rock or slope, so im not as worried anymore. Mostly now i'm just jealous to watch people step on to their horses hahah.

You should get a mounting block! It will ease your mind and using one is gentler on their back anyway. In the meantime you should practice mounting without a horse.. using a fence or something tall and sturdy that wont tip over. I'm not very flexible either, but jumping upwards and using upper body strength in the most graceful manner possible has worked best for me.
    03-17-2012, 07:47 PM
Work on your flexibility, do lots of stretching, 2-3 times a day.

Until then, try lowering the stirrup, mount up then raise it while you're up there. If you're going to do more trail stuff, it would be a good idea for your horse to be able to stand still while you deal with tack malfunctions anyway.
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    03-17-2012, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by neonpony    
I probably will eventually, I just figured doing it from the ground is a handy skill anyway, especially since we're going to be doing a lot more trails and non-arena work this year where I won't have a block handy
I just saw your beautiful artwork! #'s 5, 8, and 11 were my favorites! As for mounting, I would agree with just buying your own mounting block, or as I do in my pasture, a sturdy, plastic 2 step stool, which is a lot less expensive! (not protocol @ most stables, I know, but I can use what I like in my own pasture haha) I too am 5 ft tall, and very physically fit, but I find I cannot mount my horse without it! Good luck :)

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